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Can’t Stay. Can’t Go – refused asylum seekers who cannot be returned

Categories: Publications,Statelessness

Can’t Stay. Can’t Go. Refused asylum seekers who cannot be returned’ (Catherine Blanchard and Sarah Joy for the British Red Cross, February 2017) examines the situation of persons who have been refused asylum in the UK, but cannot return to their country of origin, some because they are stateless. Many such persons live in hardship for extended periods of time, with minimal or no support, and suffer severe mental health conditions and other challenges. The British Red Cross concludes that ‘it is inhumane to keep them living in destitution for years’ and advocates for the government to grant such persons discretionary leave to remain in the UK, with the right to work and access higher education. Asylum Aid’s Legal Policy Officer, Cynthia Orchard, provided input for the research.